get (one's) marching orders

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get (one's) marching orders

To be dismissed from employment or to be ordered to leave or move on from a place. An allusion to a military command of deployment. After messing up that account, I'm terrified that I'm going to get my marching orders. Bill had been living in his parents' house for nearly a year without working when he finally got his marching orders out of there.
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marching orders, get one's

Be ordered to move on or proceed; also, be dismissed from a job. For example, The sales force got their marching orders yesterday, so now they'll be on the road with the new product , or It's too bad about Jack-the boss gave him his marching orders Friday. This expression originally alluded to a military command. [Colloquial; late 1700s]
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get your ˈmarching orders

(British English, informal) be ordered to leave a place, a job, etc: When he kept arriving late he got his marching orders.These were originally the orders given for soldiers to depart.
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But what a disaster as one of this celebrity-free series' rare sources of entertainment, Laila Morse, gets her marching orders after an all too brief display of hilarious uselessness.
Even Alfie's poor old nana gets her marching orders after Den, played by Leslie Grantham, finally regains control of the Walford boozer.
BROOKSIDE: Sammy gets her marching orders from Katie, but tries to prove her loyalty to her sister by vowing to get revenge on the Dixon clan.
Brookside SAMMY gets her marching orders from a seething Katie, but tries to prove her loyalty to her sister by vowing to get revenge on the Dixon clan.
CROSSROADS Oona gets her marching orders after refusing to apologise for a row with Virginia, who later finds herself being bowled over by John.
CROSSROADS: Oona gets her marching orders after refusing to apologise for a row with Virginia, who later finds herself being bowled over by John.